Grouting Shower Walls - do I need to grout the wall tiles in my bathroom shower?

QUESTION

Grouting Shower Walls - do I need to grout the wall tiles in my bathroom shower?

ANSWER

ANSWER - Yes you should definitely grout the wall tile in your shower.

In theory it shouldn't matter if you grout or not (if you like that look), but from experience we have found that when there are flaws in the shower assembly the grout can help minimize the problems because it is creating some degree of a barrier, even though it may be a  porous cement grout, to the tile backing.

Also an open grout joint is likely to collect dust and other debris and would tend to develop microbial growth (mold), which isn't good.

So grout does provide support of the tile edge,  helps to keep water from reaching the substrate face, and can minimize microbial growth.

Good Luck!

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